Gus Van Sant talks about his failed Breaking Dawn audition

Remember last year when it was reported that Summit Entertainment were looking at hiring some esteemed, Oscar nominated directors to helm the fourth and fifth instalments of their Twilight series? Yeah, it was a weird time.

Even though Dreamgirls director Bill Condon was placed in charge of Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2, it was claimed Summit had also reached out to the far less mainstream Sofia Coppola and Gus Van Sant.

In an interview with MTV, Van Sant spoke about his “audition” for the Twilight role:

“I got very nervous. There were like 15 people [in the room]. I had never really auditioned or gone into a job interview in that way since maybe 1988 or ’87. I guess I was unprepared for that. Usually people just hire me…I was talking about the book and really all I was saying was ‘OK, this is great, let’s go do it.’ That was my pitch and I think they’re used to something else…They’re used to, like, a 40-minute dissertation with perhaps visual aids and a pep talk about how fantastic this project is going to be, and I just didn’t know how to do that.”

Van Sant was brought in to speak with the producers based upon star Robert Pattinson‘s recommendation. Although he doesn’t seem like an immediate choice, Van Sant does excel in portraying small-town malaise and teenage angst.

Never mind. They got the Dreamgirls guy instead.

Breaking Dawn – Part One will hit cinemas November 18, 2011, while Part Two will arrive November 16, 2012.

Discuss: It’s a shame that we live in a world where Gus Van San has to prove himself to the producers of Twilight.

One Response to “Gus Van Sant talks about his failed Breaking Dawn audition”

  1. They should be so lucky.

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